Immaculata prayer

This is a prayer written by Maximilian Kolbe, one of the Saints of World War II. Maximilian Kolbe was a Conventual Franciscan (Greyfriars) who volunteered to die in the place of a stranger at Auschwitz. He is a pretty cool saint and Pope John Paul II named him “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century”. The prayer is a consecration to the Immaculata, Mary the Immaculate. I hope that we all can remember to turn to Mary of Mother when we are in need. The prayer comes in two forms the long one is:

Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.

If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head,” and “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world.” Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O Sacred Virgin       R. Give me strength against your enemies

Or there is a shorter version of the prayer for daily renewal of the consecration which is as follows:

Immaculata, Queen and Mother of the Church, I renew my consecration to you for this day and for always, so that you might use me for the coming of the Kingdom of Jesus in the whole world. To this end I offer you all my prayers, actions and sacrifices of this day.

Prayer to Saint Michael

I’ve got a soft spot for this prayer, growing up I went to school at Saint Michael’s from first to eight grade. I’m sure at some point we were taught the prayer and we’d pray it like when we would attend one of the daily Masses during like Lent not on a first Friday or something, It’s been a while since I was there. Anyways the prayer is one of the Leonine Prayers that Pope Leo XIII added after the celebration of a low mass, now this tradition was ended during Vatican II, however to this day we still have some individuals who pray some type of prayer after a low Mass.  This prayer is as follows:

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle,
be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God, cast into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Although no longer prescribe for after a low Mass, Pope John Paul II in one of his Regina Caeli addresses on 24 April 1994 where he said “‘Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.” So if you have some time learn this prayer it a pretty neat prayer and as the world seems to be on the brink it is always nice to have an archangel on our side.

Signum Magnum

Signum Magnum is an Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Paul VI in it which Paul VI renewed the consecration of the World to Mary which was made in 1942. Next year will be the 75th anniversary of  of Pius XII’s consecration, and it seems likely that Francis will be doing something with Mary next year with the huge anniversary at Fatima. The Exhortation focuses on Mary, to put it simply Mary is the Mother of the Church, we should pray more and renew our personal consecration to the Immaculate Heart.

Paul VI begins with highlighting the past doctrine on Mary and sums it up as “without wishing to restate here . . . the traditional doctrine of the Church regarding the function of the Mother of God on the plane of salvation and her relations with the Church, we believe that, if we dwell on the consideration of two truths which are very important for the renewal of Christian life, we would be doing something of great utility for the souls of the faithful.” He them moves to the idea that Mary is the Mother of the Church and goes into great detail on this. This is followed by eight points of focus. The point are pretty obvious if you’ve read any Marian literature. Like how we should imitate Mary in our lives and how prays are Through Mary to Jesus. Paul VI hopes that Mary can be used as a key in our relationship with the Eastern Churches as Mary seems to have long been the key to the faith.

Let us bring Mary into our life and try to be Mary to the world around us. Hopefully, Our Heavenly Mother can help guide us in time of trouble. As she is always there for us.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The week the reading come from Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; Psalm 34; Paul’s second letter to Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 and Luke’s gospel 18:9-14.

We have yet another parable this week it’s the pharisee and the tax collector, this is the one where the Pharisee and the Publican are at the Temple. The Pharisee goes up front and prays “Thank the Lord I’m so great, I fast and tithe unlike that tax collector over there, he’s so bad.” while the tax collector stays in the back and prays “O Lord have mercy on me a sinner.” Jesus then tells us that it is the Tax Collector went home justified. This echos the message from Sirach and in the Psalm The Lord hears the call of the poor for a prayer doesn’t rest until it reaches its goal. This is something difficult in society today as we are constantly bombarded with people and thing which want to put us on top, however we must remain humble in all that we do. We remember in Micah 6:8 we read the mission statement for all Christians “Live Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly with God“. Let us keep the idea of humility in our minds and hearts as the elections in the United States draw to a close.

Laetitiae Sanctae

Laetitae Sanctae is another one of Leo XIII encyclical on the Rosary it is like several of the others which are implore the praying of the rosary in October. Pope Leo notes that the praying of the rosary devoutly not only helps the individual but also but society as a whole as well.  His holiness goes on to say that there are three obstacles that arise in the world “first, the distaste for a simple and labourious life; secondly, repugnance to suffering of any kind; thirdly, the forgetfulness of the future life.” These are tied to the mysteries of the Rosary.

The first, the distaste for poverty relates to the joyful mysteries where we focus on Christ as a child. So much of society says that we need to amass riches so we can buy this or that to become a better person and we should “work smarter not hard”. However it takes hard work to get rich. As we look at these mysteries we see “simplicity and purity of conduct, perfect agreement and unbroken harmony, mutual respect and love – not of the false and fleeting kind – but that which finds both its life and its charm in devotedness of service.” This is what we need to bring into the world.

The second, repugnance to suffering relates to the sorrowful mysteries where we focus on the Passion of Christ. It is sad that violence has become so pervasive that in just about every movie it seem features some horrible act of violence, or really just turning on the news we hear of some murder. Society as a whole has become desensitized to it even when most of us haven’t seen it in person we’ve all seen it in the movie and television programs we watch. Sure we understand that violence is bad but we often forget about the suffering and grief left behind. Yet we must remember the actions of Jesus and follow in his footsteps, as St. Thomas says in the gospel “Let us also go, that we might die with him” (John 11:16)

The third and last one, forgetfulness of the future relates to the glorious mysteries where the focus turns to the resurrection and life in heaven. All too often we look to the future and our own personal safety with a mix of materialism and nationalism. Here is where the problem arises the militarization of individuals to serve their nation, but at the neglect of the world as a whole. We are all in the same boat and the more people rocking it the sooner we will capsize. Pope Leo put is as we may doubt if “God could inflict upon man a more terrible punishment than to allow him to waste his whole life in the pursuit of earthly pleasures, and in forgetfulness of the happiness which alone lasts for ever.” Let us remember the eternal banquet that awaits us all.

Pope Leo then talks a bit about Rosary confraternities calling them the battalions who fight the battle of Christ under the direction of the Virgin Mother noting the victory at Lepanto. This, the rosary,  is the Hope of the Church. Let us all take some time and pull out a rosary and pray it.

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week the readings come from Exodus 17:8-13, Psalm 121, Paul’s second letter to Timothy 3:14-4:2 and Luke’s gospel 18:1-8.

The main idea behind the readings this week is Perseverance. We are given several examples in all of the readings, First we have in Exodus the story of how Moses helped win the war against Amalek by keeping his hand up. In the Psalm we are reminded that our help comes from the Lord, Paul tells us to be inspired by the Bible since that is where Wisdom come from. Finally we have an interesting parable the Unjust Judge isn’t afraid of God or respected any person but this one widow continually came to the judge to ask for help. The judge continually refused but eventually he gave in and gave a judgement because he fears the widow many come and hit him eventually if nothing come of her repeated requests. This parable is often used to remind us of the importance of prayer in our lives for just as the judge eventually responded to the request of the widow so too will the Lord hear and answer our prayers. However, even when we are sitting there without hearing a reply to our prayers we need to remember to be like Moses and keep going for our strength is the Lord. We should keep this in mind when we are waiting for our prayers to be answered, to keep praying. Keep the faith even though the way we want our prayers to be answered may not be the way that the Lord will answer them.

As a Child I Loved You

This is a prayer from Pope Leo XIII, he is best remember as the Rosary Pope and he wrote 11 Encyclicals about the Rosary. This is a prayer that Pope Leo wrote. It is a nice little prayer and is about devotion to Mary. Mary is the mother of us all so this is a great little prayer for us all to pray sometime. The prayer is as follows.

As a little child, I loved you like a mother. Now that I am old, my love for you has grown. Receive me in heaven as one of the blessed, and I will proclaim that I have obtained such a great prize through your patronage.

Apostles’ Creed

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been looking at the other prayers of the Rosary (Hail Holy Queen, Fatima, Three Hail Marys) here is the other prayer besides the Our Fathers and Hail Marys The Apostles’ Creed.  This Creed can be said a Mass during Lent and Easter. It is arguably the oldest of Creeds as it has it origins in the old Roman Symbol which is a shorter version of the prayer it dates from the second century. The Apostles’ Creed may have existed in various forms from the later half of the fifth century but the one we know is from the seventh century, historians believe that the Creed was developed in France or Spain and it was Charlemagne who got Rome to recognize it.

The creed itself is rather simple and is used by many other Christian Churches as well. The Prayer is a summary of beliefs.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of  sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Catechism informs us it is a statement of twelve beliefs and thus so organized and discussed in segment as follows. If you have some time take a look at the Catechism to see how they explain each section.
I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
Under Pontius Pilate, He was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.


Mother Teresa’s Novena (Memorare)

On this the first Feast Day of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, it seems like a good idea to share something that I found out during the build up to her canonization. That is that Mother Teresa has here own Novena, it has various names Flying Novena/Quick Novena/Express Novena but it is a rather simple novena to pray. It is simply the Memorare recited nine or ten time in a row, Mother Teresa added the tenth one in Thanksgiving.

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your clemency hear and answer me. Amen.”

The Memorare was Mother Teresa’s favorite prayer and by praying nine in a row many great things an be accomplished. Mother Teresa said the sisters use the Novena from the simplest things such as getting out of traffic when they are stuck in it, to both serious life and death things. It is a simple novena and I hope that if you have time to remember to take some time and pray a novena for whatever. Sure it’s not a Rosary prayer

Fatima Prayers

I’ve known about the Fatima Prayer that you can add to the end of each decade while praying the Rosary, but there are six more.

The Decade prayer is “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven especially those most in need of your mercy.” If you’ve prayed the Rosary before you are most likely familiar with this prayer.

The Pardon prayer is “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.” This was the first prayer taught to the Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco in the Summer of 1916 by an Angel who appeared to them while herding sheep.

The Angel’s prayer is “O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.” This was taught to the children of Fatima in the Fall of 1916 by the same Angel who visited them in the Summer. The prayer itself is an Act of reparation to the Holy Spirit.

The Eucharist prayer is “Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.” This prayer came about on 13 May 1917 when the woman clad in white (the Virgin Mary), they were inspired to say these words.

The Sacrifice prayer is either “O Jesus, it is for the love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners” or “O Jesus, it is for thy love, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” This was taught along side the decade prayer in June of 1917, when the lady from heaven appeared again to the trio. The Sacrifice prayer is an act of reparation.

The last two were revealed to just Lucia as Jacinta and Francisco had died, this was during a vision in 1931 in Rianxo, Spain where Lucia met Jesus. The Conversion and Salvation prayers are a bit self explanatory as well as being basically the same prayer. The are “By thy pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain the conversion of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world!” and “Sweet Heart of Mary, be the salvation of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world.”